Islanders’ John Tavares injured in Olympics, out for NHL season

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – New York Islanders captain John Tavares sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus Wednesday while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will miss the remainder of the NHL season.

The injury was caused by a hit from Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period of Canada’s 2-1 win.

Canada coach Mike Babcock said that Tavares would be out for the remainder of the Olympics.

The loss of Tavares would be a big blow to Canada’s chances against the United States in a semifinal game Friday, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game Sunday.

Tavares may need surgery and he is expected to be ready by training camp in September.

The center had no points in four games in Sochi but a plus-3 rating and six shots on goal averaging 10:39 of ice time.

He is third in the NHL with 66 points in 59 games this season.

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